What will the food of the future be like? Of which many… are already here. Yes, yes… we are doing very badly with the environment and food is part of the problem, if we do not change it it is unsustainable.
We farm like when we were few and we eat like the rich of before: daily meat, filling ourselves up to the point of no more… Thus we are going to lose our personal health and that of the planet, for fools. We all want a very limited variety of food throughout the year and also in large quantities to ensure that there are no empty slots in the supermarket that cause a lot of angst!
75% of the world’s diet is based only on 12 plant species and 5 animal species. Considering that this supply system is already overloading the planet, consuming resources, decreasing biodiversity… and that the population continues to grow and by 2050 we will be more than 9,000 million inhabitants, yourself.
Too much meat in our current diet
Specifically, raising meat for our consumption generates 60% of the greenhouse gases of the total generated by the agri-food industry. Not to mention the cost of water necessary, for them and to grow their food.
I get tired of repeating it, but I shouldn’t because there is still a long way to go to understand the scope of the key concept: variety, we have very little in all senses.
The scarce variety in consumption leads us to excesses and deficiencies of vitamins and amino acids maintained over time that indisputably help our body to develop certain pathologies.
The production of the same crop in large areas over and over again unbalances the ecosystem and biodiversity, consuming certain components of the soil in excess.
That leaves you vulnerable to pests and pathogens and increases your need for insecticides. Used in excess, which happens frequently, they contaminate the water and decrease more biodiversity by eliminating much of the wildlife.
Aren’t there more things to eat?
And if we start with vegetables, legumes and cereals
We have some 150,000 identified edible plants and we only consume approximately 150 of them.
WWF proposes a list of the 50 foods of the future focused on accessible food options that are more nutritionally and environmentally efficient: vegetable proteins such as legumes , carbohydrates other than the 3 main ones: rice , corn and wheat .
And also different vegetables such as lotus root , or kale that, in addition to being very nutritious and rich in vitamins and minerals, is very easy and cheap to produce.
Kale which is the same as Kale but much cheaper. I think they will pass the fashion that marketing people get us drunk daily on the subject of superfoods .
Açai, quinoa, chia, buckwheat, turmeric, goji berries, edamame, spirulina, kale, guanaba, kefir … it goes without saying that from time to time something that they say is milk for our health but at a price becomes fashionable. exorbitant… also annoying those who have been eating it all their lives as has happened with the fashion for quinoa.
Well done, less drama and let’s start there! New consumption habits, recipes with these foods, we put them in the dining rooms… And also vertical urban gardens by hydroponics (an enriched water system) that allows cultivation without the need for soil anywhere.
And if we put them where they are going to be consumed, we also avoid transportation. Fantastic.
Would you dare to eat insects?
It seems to me that there is still little variety for so many people, there are very carnivorous of God so let’s continue evaluating other options, such as the delicious little animals .There are a lot of them that we kill, throw away and make disgusting as they are wonderful sources of protein, accessible and with a low environmental impact . Yes yes, I mean insects .
It seems clear that at the base of our food preferences there is a cultural explanation. We will then have to follow this track to see how we can expand our diet and start eating more insects.
I don’t know why you are scandalized, if they have been in good shape and soul in sweets for a long time. In an astonishing futuristic maneuver, I already ate jelly bean worms in the 80s . Was it a psychological preparation? Because now, as I’m used to, if they prepare them in that same color and texture…
And they could make them with real bug paste, so they wouldn’t have as much sugar.
Although they say that they are tastier toasted and salty , well, like bagged potato chips, laminated, they are also good for me.
Well thought, if I’m going to eat insects I don’t want them to look like insects. It is one thing to eat insects and another to eat insect-shaped sweets. It’s like fruit that maybe makes me lazy, but if you put it in yogurt I love it. Or the whole seaweed in a salad that disgusts me, but if you iron it and wrap it in rice… sushiiiiiii and also put colored things with it, then I’m crazy about it!
Decided, I am willing to eat insects as long as they look like… masonry bricks, conguitos or sea shells… Sea shells would be perfect, yes, salty like the beach, hummmmmmm.
But I still think that the way we are, if we start eating insects all at once, with the few calories it also has, won’t we unbalance the scales again? I don’t know, maybe they are necessary for the field or something.